Heritage & Museums

History, heritage & museums

Step back in time and discover another world. Explore historic homesteads, Victoria's earliest settlement and maritime defence fortifications, an original lighthouse from the 1880’s, or more recent history at a fascinating car museum. 

Wander a heritage trail through Mornington or Sorrento, find historic limestone churches in Rye and Dromana, or discover tiny local museums across the region, from Hastings to Sorrento, and even a naval museum at Cerberus. You can join a guided tour to really get an understanding of the stories behind the artefacts on display.

History also lives on in modest colonial homes and grand mansions, such as the humble 1844 McCrae Homestead of pioneer times, and the stately 1895 Coolart Homestead with its bird-filled wetlands. Opulent Mulberry Hill was once home to artist Sir Daryl Lindsay and Joan (Lady) Lindsay, author of ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’; while 1863 Beleura, once the Tallis family summer home, is known for its rich furnishings and antiques and the beauty of its gardens. Explore the Sorrento Portsea Artists Trail to discover how artists over the past hundred years and more have perceived the Mornington Peninsula. The trail takes a unique look at the views that inspired them, and the art that was inspired.